The video is slightly choppy and for that I apologize, but it is still well worth your time to view.
The FDA is responsible for protecting public health by assuring the safety of human and veterinary drugs, biological products, medical devices, our nation’s food supply, cosmetics and products that emit radiation. In 2007 the Subcommittee on Science and Technology released its detailed report “FDA Science and Mission at Risk” stating that the FDA’s mission could not be fulfilled because its scientific base was eroded and its scientific organizational structure was weak; its scientific workforce did not have the capacity and capability; and, its information technology infrastructure was inadequate. “. . .the FDA is also central to the economic health of the nation, regulating approximately $1 trillion in consumer products of .25 cents of every consumer dollar expended in this country annually. Thus, the nation is at risk if FDA science is at risk.” They concluded that the agency was suffering from serious scientific deficiencies and not positioned to meet current or reemerging regulatory responsibilities.
Five years later, has anything changed? Did anyone in government even read the report? Does anyone in the government really care? Apparently not.
The FDA has usurped the powers of Congress to create law for itself, with the aim to destroy all competition to the pharmaceutical industry. Over the past several years they have repeatedly attempted to introduce legislation that would virtually eliminate any nutritional supplements. Strick laws have already been passed banning dissemination of certain information about the health benefits of foods and supplements.
Just this year, an attempt was made to pass an amendment attached to the Farm bill that would allowed Monsanto to avoid FDA approval on their genetically modified products and Senator Dick Durbin of Illinois launched a sneak attack on supplements attached to the FDA Safety and Innovation Act.
Why does the FDA favor synthetic additives and dangerous drugs over natural ingredients and dietary supplements? Why are genetically modified foods not labeled? Why is the FDA attempting to have life stages such as pregnancy and aging classified as diseases? Why does the FDA insist that Walnuts are drugs and yet allow potato chips to be labeled “heart healthy?” Why is the FDA police attempting to shut down natural and organic farms? Money – pure and simple. Among the top ten lobbying industries are pharmaceuticals and health products.
The FDA receives 40% of its funding from the very industries that they are mandated to protect us from. Over 100 employees within the FDA power structure come from major industries they are mandated to oversee, including 40 just from Monsanto, allowing pharmaceutical and chemical companies to dictate what is and is not safe for consumption.
As recent reports have revealed, the FDA doesn’t just sanction wholesale fraud, there are strong allegations that they actively engage in the fraud. An article in the New York Times reported “a wide-ranging surveillance operation by the FDA against a group of its own scientists, creating an enemies list,” as they secretly captured thousands of emails from disgruntled scientists sent privately to members of Congress, lawyers, labor officials, journalists and even to Obama. “What began as a narrow investigation into the possible leaking of confidential agency information by five scientists quickly grew in mid-2010 into a much broader campaign to counter outside critics of the agency’s medical review process. . .the surveillance operation identified 21 agency employees, Congressional officials, outside medical researchers and journalists thought to be working together to put out negative and defamatory information about the agency.”
These scientists committed no crime. They only expressed concern over the agency’s approval of dangerous medical imaging devices for mammograms and colonoscopies which they felt emitted dangerous levels of radiation. How could the FDA justify harassing their own scientists – those scientists hired to assess the safety of medical equipment?
The Seal of Approval from the FDA means nothing. Before you take another pill, please read “FDA Science and Mission at Risk.”
The FDA war against natural supplements, as far as I can see, comes from the Codex Alimentarius, which is neither a law or policy. Codex Alimentarius is a functioning commission created by the Food and Agriculture Organization and the World Health Organization under the direction of the United Nations. Latin for Food Law, the commission guidelines would be implemented only through domestic law. Under guidelines, which have yet to completed, all nutrients could be considered toxins. The commission also calls for the irradiation of food which would remove most of the nutrients. Only nutrients approved by Codex would be allowed.
In 1995 the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) created an illegal policy that international standards would supersede U.S. laws governing all food even if the Codex standards were incomplete. Subsequent U.S. trade treaties have included language that require the U.S. to conform to Codex, laying the groundwork for the U.S. to restrict all vitamin and supplement sales. Once Codex compliance starts, and as long as the U.S. remains a member of the World Trade Organization (WTO), the standards can not be repealed, changed, or altered in any form.
The FDA has sold us out to the highest bidder. They have abandoned their mandate to protect us in order to foster drug sales by hiding necessary medical data from the public and from your doctor, on such dangerous drugs as Vioxx and Avandia, or the Gardasil vaccine and additives like aspartame. They also ignore clinical scientific studies on the dangers of genetically modified foods.
Read “Fight For Your Health” by Byron J. Richards. Richard’s book documents the scope of prescription drug fraud and the FDA’s involvement.